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#12 Tyrus Thomas
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Class: Freshman
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: McKinley HS
Tyrus Thomas Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/14/2006

2006 NCAA Atlanta Region MVP
2006 Freshman All-America Team (Collegeinsider.com)
2006 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
2006 SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches, AP)
2006 NABC All-District 8 Second Team
2006 All-SEC Freshman Team -- Unanimous (Coaches)
2006 SEC Freshman of the Week (1/9, 1/16, 2/20)
2006 Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (1/16)

NBA DRAFT
Selected in the first round (fourth overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in NBA Draft 2006 ... draft rights traded by Portland, along with Viktor Khryapa, to Chicago for the draft rights to LaMarcus Aldridge (6/28/06).

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
Named the MVP of the Atlanta NCAA Regional after two games vs. Duke and Texas ... vs. Duke played 25 minutes, 3-5 FG, 3-6 FT, 9 pts, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks, 1 steal ... vs. Texas played 39 minutes, 10-14 FG, 1-3 FT, 21 pts, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 1 steal ... 39 minutes was the most he played all season in just his fourth game back after suffering a high left ankle sprain in the Kentucky game (2/25) ... Texas game was his 14th double double of the year ... Averaged 12.3 points per game, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, while making 152-of-250 field goal attempts or 60.8 percent ... 20th in the league in scoring, second (behind teammate Glen Davis) in rebounds and the league leader in blocked shots ... Was also the league leader in defensive rebounds at 6.41 a game ... Earned rare honor of being named the SEC Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks in January, including his effort at No. 2 Connecticut (31 minutes, 6-11 FG, 3-7 FT, 15 pts, 13 rebounds, 7 blocks), at Arkansas (35 minutes, 6-11 FG, 13 pts, 14 rebounds) and Tennessee (32 minutes 7-7 FG, 3-3 FT, 17 pts, 9 rebounds, 9 blocks) ... Moved into the startling lineup prior to the Cincinnati game (12/34) after coming off the bench for the first nine games ... Field goal percentage of 60.8 percent was tied for the seventh best single season field goal percentage in LSU history ... Blocked 99 shots for the year, fourth best all-time at LSU topped only by the three years of Shaquille O'Neal ... 21 games scoring in double figures, four above 20 points -- 22 vs. Nicholls State (11/21), 21 vs. Houston (11/29), 20 vs. Tulane (1/3) and 21 vs. Texas (3/25) ... 15 games in double figure rebounds.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2004-05)
Granted a medical redshirt after suffering a neck injury in the preseason practices ... Aggravated the injury in his only appearance, a pre-season exhibition game.

PRIOR TO LSU
Played basketball for coach Chauncey Moore at McKinley, averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game ... Honored as the defensive MVP in the local District 7-4A ... All-Metro and second team All-State in Class 4A

PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on Aug. 17, 1986 ... Full name is Tyrus Wayne Thomas ... Right handed ... Mother is Jessica Johnson ... One brother, Travis, and one sister, Brandy ... Nickname is T-Time ... Number chosen for LSU is one he wore in second through eighth grade ... Favorite music is hip hop and rhythm and blues ... Favorite food is fried fish and potato salad ... Planning toward sports management major ... Favorite NBA team is Philadelphia 76ers and favorite player is Tracy McGrady.

Thomas' Career Totals

Year

G-GS

Min/Avg

FG-A

Pct

3FG-A

Pct

FT-A

Pct

Reb

Avg

F-DQ

A

TO

B

S

PTS-Avg.

05-06

32-21

829/25.9

152-250

.608

1-1

1.000

90-137

.657

295

9.2

82-1

42

59

99

33

395-12.3

Thomas' Top Scoring Games
1. 22 -- vs. Nicholls State, 11-21-05
2. 21 -- vs. Texas (NCAAT), 3-25-06
2. 21 -- vs. Houston, 11-29-05
4. 20 -- vs. Tulane, 1-3-06
5. 18 -- vs. Southern, 11-18-05
6. 17 -- vs. Auburn, 2-1-06
6. 17 -- vs. Tennessee, 1-14-06
8. 16 -- vs. Miss. State, 2-15-06
8. 16 -- vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 12-22-05
10. 15 -- twice

Career Highs
Points -- 22 vs. Nicholls State, 11-21-05
Rebounds -- 14, twice
FG Made -- 10, twice
FG Attempts -- 14, twice
3 PT FG Made -- 1, vs. Houston, 11-29-05
3 PT FG Attempts -- 1 vs. Houston, 11-29-05
Free Throws Made -- 9 vs. Vanderbilt, 2-22-06
Free Throw Attempts -- 11, vs. Houston, 11-29-05
Assists -- 4, twice
Blocks -- 9, vs. Tennessee, 1-14-06
Steals -- 4, vs. Ohio State, 12-31-05
Minutes Played -- 39, vs. Texas (NCAAT), 3-25-06

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